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If you’re just getting started in the world of survival prepping and food storage, you’re probably pretty overwhelmed. There is so much to learn that you could study this subject for years and still not be an expert. A good place to begin is with a basic, two-week supply of food.

If you’re like most people, you probably want to do this as inexpensively as possible. Instead, you’ll want to save up a couple hundred dollars and head to the grocery store. The first thing you should do is go to a store like Walmart and find a 32 gallon tote. It shouldn’t cost more than about $15. If you arrange everything efficiently, you should be able to get two weeks of food into one of these.

Now go to the grocery store. The following list should easily sustain 2 adults and 2 children for at least two weeks.

Food Storage List:

5 lb. bag of white flour
5 lb. bag of whole wheat flour
5 lb. bag of white rice
5 lb. bag of corn meal
5 lb. bag of sugar
5 pounds of pasta
4.4 lb. bag of corn flour
42 oz. box of oatmeal
16 oz. box of instant mashed potatoes
2 lb. bag of popcorn

2 x 64 oz. boxes of dried milk
5 x 1 lb. bags of dried beans (any variety)
1 lb. bag of almonds/nuts
1 lb. bag of sunflower seeds
2 x 6 oz. cans of tuna
14 oz can of salmon
1 can of ham or sausage
2 x 8 oz. jars of parmesan cheese
18 oz. jar of peanut butter

Fruits and Veggies:
4 x 15 oz. cans of yams
4 x 14 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
1 lb. bag of raisins

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Oils and Flavorings:
48 oz. jar of canola oil
24 oz. jar of honey
2 jars of jam or jelly
16 oz. jar of salsa
15 oz. bottle of soy sauce

3.3 oz. can of beef bouillion cubes
40 count box of tea bags
20 packets of yeast
40 count box of juice packets (vitamin C)
16 oz. bottle of maple syrup
12 oz. bottle of Tobasco sauce

Seasonings: (2 – 4 oz. total)
Sea salt
Whole corriander
Whole (not rubbed) sage
1 packet of chili powder
Garlic powder
Dried parsley
Dried onions

Extras: (as space permits)
2 x 6 oz. cans of chicken
2 x 12 oz. boxes of shelf-stable tofu
1 lb. of dried vegetable soup mix
16 oz. jar of olive oil
6 cans of condensed milk
Powdered or canned cheese
More dried fruits and vegetables
More canned fruits and vegetables
More canned meats, tuna, etc.
Shelf-stable sausages (to flavor beans)
Apple sauce, chocolate bars, hard candy (comfort foods)

Also, don’t forget to buy two weeks worth of multi-vitamins. All of this should cost less than $200. Once you’ve put together your two-week supply of food, start eating it. And instead of buying your regular groceries, get to work on another tote. This food will only stay good for about a year, so you’ll want to eat and rotate on a regular basis. Plus, if disaster strikes, you’ll want to already have experience making bread, soups and other meals with your ingredients.

Eventually you’ll want to save up enough to have two extra totes. By then you’ll have experimented with several food recipes so you’ll know what you like and don’t like. Then you can modify your next tote a little for variety (as long as it’s not all candy!).

Once you’ve done this, you’ll be more prepared than 90% of people. Pat yourself on the back, but don’t forget to store water, too.

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  • Never The Ness

    Ok…now hit me with some recipes with this!  Just a few to get me started!

  • Anonymous

    My suggestions:

    Instead of regular houseplants, grow herbs and vegetables like basil, oregano, spinach, various lettuces and anything edible. Educational for the kids too!

    Powdered cheese.

    Ranch dressing mix. (Great for the kids/comfort food element)

    Have some “favorites” stashed away, like candy bars or chips to keep spirits up.

    Packaged, pre-cooked bacon is good stuff.

    Concentrated juices.

    Chewing gum.

    Fiber supplements/anti-diarrheal meds, just in case of gastrointestinal distress from the sudden shift in diet.

    Non-stick oil spray. Great for cooking.

    Ramen. Good source of calories, and easy to add vegetables to.

    (Thanks for this site, quite good!)